Emerald was invaluable in my having the birth I wanted, even when I could no longer have the birth I planned.
We decided we needed a doula as this was our first child and we wouldn't have any friend or family support. We found Emerald and her no nonsense, knowledgeable approach (and understanding of our Navy lingo) instantly put us at ease. She continued to be a calming resource when I was told I would likely need to be induced; taking the time to listen to my worries and explaining what it would entail in layman’s terms. She continued to check up on my physical & mental health leading up to “D Day”.
When I went into labour naturally, she was quick to meet us at home to assess and make the decision to head to the hospital. Like most labour and deliveries, mine did not go to plan. But Emerald was there holding my hand (and holding the shower wand, holding my juice cup, holding my leg up) and holding back our anxieties. She was able to refocus me and re-motivate when needed. She was able to help me understand the options my care team was offering, and most importantly she continued to advocate for me and the birth I wanted to have. She didn’t leave our side until we were settled in our recovery room with our little girl (more than 24 intense hours later).
Emerald was able to take so many treasured photos throughout our daughter's birth. But most valuable was having Emerald postpartum on a number of occasions to talk through my birth event and process all that had happened. She was able to fill in the gaps of the events I couldn’t remember or wasn’t aware of. She was able to explain why certain things happened. She helped me heal and reframe my experience, continuing to offer additional resources should I feel I needed them. I am so thankful to have had her support!
December 02, 2021